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Cascading cataracts

July 2, 2010
By ANDY NELSON- ZALESKI Journal Staff Writer

MARQUETTE - The Upper Peninsula has been truly blessed. That's why people call this area God's Country - from the beautiful rolling hills and mountain areas to the vast dense forests, some of which have yet to be explored.

The U.P. shares one of the most pristine Great Lakes in the Midwest region, Lake Superior and the inland lakes, rivers and streams have a wondrous quality to them as well.

Perhaps the greatest natural features the Upper Peninsula are its vast number of waterfalls.

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Dead River Falls in Marquette. (Photo by Andy Nelson-Zaleski)

There are over 200 waterfalls throughout the U.P.

Some of these waterfalls can be driven to with a short hike and others require some bushwhacking.

In Alger and Marquette counties alone, there are more than 50 waterfalls.

Alger County has 20 waterfalls including Laughing Whitefish, Horseshoe, Wagner, Munising and Miners Falls.

In Marquette County there are the Black River, Alder, Little Garlic, Dead River and Warner falls, to name a few of the more than 30 waterfalls here.

The great thing about waterfalls is that they are forever changing.

There are a number of websites and books available giving detailed directions to each of the waterfalls around the Upper Peninsula.

"A Guide to 199 Michigan Waterfalls" by Penrose is a great book that gives brief descriptions of each waterfall with detailed driving and walking directions.

There is also a number of great websites that provide driving and/or walking directions with photos of each waterfall.

Some of the websites are:

Andy Nelson-Zaleski can be reached at 906-228-2500 ext. 256. His e-mail address is



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